Wednesday, June 09, 2010

nakaura-ya

Another item we bought at the asa-ichi was called Maruyubeshi (whole citron mochi) by Nakaura-ya...1575 yen (about US$15.75)

Nakaura-ya has been in business for 100 years.

For this sweet, yuzu (citron) is hollowed out and mochi (rice cake) is put inside. Then the whole thing is steamed.

This sweet is made only once a year when yuzu (citron) is in season. It is not something to be gobbled down, but enjoyed slowly.

To eat it, you cut it in half and then in half again then slice thinly.

The bitterness from the peel balances out with the sweetness of the mochi. Texture-wise it is more like a semi-dried piece of mochi, chewy but not sticky.

The lady at the shop mentioned that we could freeze some of it and steam it when we wanted to eat some.

I think I will do that so that we can enjoy this later in the year.

Nakaura-ya
Asa-ichi dori Kawai-machi
Wajima, Ishikawa

p.s. I have a couple more items, hope you stay tuned.

9 comments:

jalna said...

How creative and beeezaaar. Is it like a citrusy gau? That's what it kinda looks like.

Dennis K. said...

Mmmm, it's making want some hot tea..

K and S said...

It is like gau Jalna, but more mochi-ish than citrusy.

And you don't like sweets Dennis ;)

Take care you two.
Kat

Rowena... said...

Wow Kat I like the description of this - bitterness balanced by the mochi - did you have tea with this?

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, it was kinda late in the evening and I didn't want to have tea insomnia, so we just had it with a glass of water :p

Take care.
Kat

Mikuru Hirai said...

That's nice. I'm sure that treat has an interesting history.

K and S said...

You are probably right Mikuru :)

Take care.
Kat

Barbara said...

This is a very interesting sweet Kat.

K and S said...

Thanks Barbara, it is very different.

Take care.
Kat